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America’s Boxcar Pool Has a Leak in CSX

From WSJ, 2018-06-11:Company pulled some railcars out of a sharing system, irking rivals and International Paper…Continue

Tags: AllTranstek, Decline, TTX, Leak, Boxcar

Started Jun 11

GE to Merge Rail Division With Wabtec in $11 Billion Deal

Deal is the first major portfolio move in new GE CEO John Flannery’s attempt to revamp the struggling conglomerateFrom WSJ, 2018-05-21:…Continue

Tags: Fort, Worth, Diesel, Locomotives, Wabtec

Started May 21

Freight Railroads Get Boost from Tight Trucking Markets

From WSJ, 2018-04-30:Retailers, manufacturers facing capacity squeeze on the highways are taking a slower path through intermodal rail to keep shipments moving…Continue

Tags: historical, trucking, record, increasing, traffic

Started May 1

Why Working on the Railroad Comes With a $25,000 Signing Bonus
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Tight labor market forces BNSF, Union Pacific to dangle big incentives from Missouri to OregonSee attached article (PDF below) from WSJ, 2018-04-23.…Continue

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Richard C. Brand commented on Dave S.'s photo
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Shamrock Materials, SE of Rice Drive

"DAve: This is a wonderful set of pictures showing the work in detail and all taken within 90 mins.  Thank you and really appreciate the effort. Now I have used up my 20 questions."
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Richard C. Brand commented on Dave S.'s photo
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Shamrock Materials, SE of Rice Drive

"What was McPhail's business?"
5 hours ago
Dave S. commented on Dave S.'s photo
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Shamrock Materials, SE of Rice Drive

"I believe that McPhail's maintained a connection to the NWP until the bitter end.  Switching McPhail's meant crossing Irwin Street.  Bits of that turnout are still visible in this aerial photo:"
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View is SE, Towards Andersen Drive

"Richard:  No.  You can see the traffic signals for the Andersen Drive crossing in the distance.  Rice drive is quite a ways behind us in this photo.  Best Buy is further NW from Rice Drive."
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SE of Andersen Drive Crossing

"Wooden ties are used at all SMART crossings, in this case, a bike crossing. At roadway crossings they use concrete panels over the ties. You don't want concrete to concrete contact because they will each wear from rubbing all the time. …"
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SE of Andersen Drive Crossing

"Wooden ties are used at all SMART crossings, in this case, a bike crossing.  At roadway crossings they use concrete panels over the ties.  You don't want concrete to concrete contact because they will each wear from rubbing all the…"
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Harsco Mark IV Tamper

"See link in this photo: http://nwprr.net/photo/dscn0351 Section 2.3.2 on page 2-5."
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"Richard:  each photo is time stamped (see orange text in lower-right or upper-right on each image).  No more than 90 minutes separates this group of ~140 photos. It seems that the 2 mile Larkspur extension is being built in very small…"
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Larkspur Landing Platform, View is S

"Richard, see pedestrian ramp construction here: http://nwprr.net/photo/dscn0140-1"
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Shamrock Materials, SE of Rice Drive

"Until late 2017, this is the remnant of the Shamrock spur.  My recollection from walking the RoW in the 1970's is that this spur was long severed prior to SP's imposition of $2000.00 per carload surcharge."
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Dave S. commented on Dave S.'s photo
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Shamrock Materials, SE of Rice Drive

"Until late 2017, this is the remnant of the Shamrock spur.  My recollection from walking the RoW in the 1970's is that this spur was long severed prior to SP's imposition of $2000.00 per carload surcharge."
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Shamrock Materials, SE of Rice Drive

"It seems I'm unable to insert an image, so here's a link to Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/j7SMjtftrZ22"
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Shamrock Materials, SE of Rice Drive

"Until late 2017, this is the remnant of the Shamrock spur.  My recollection from walking the RoW in the 1970's is that this spur was long severed prior to SP's imposition of $2000.00 per carload surcharge."
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Richard C. Brand commented on Dave S.'s photo
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Shamrock Materials, SE of Rice Drive

"I assume you mean that Shamrock has "not used it", means the batch plant. Good old SP sure knew how to manage customer relations.  UP still delivers MANY carloads of aggregate to the plant here in Redwood City."
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David L ILLICH commented on Dave S.'s photo
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Shamrock Materials, SE of Rice Drive

"they have not used it since sp nwp days 1980 's stopped running to San Rafael when they started charging a $1000.00 a car just to deliver it "
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New Book: The NWP, Lifeline of the Redwood Empire, Boom and Bust 1951-2001

I just received this fabulous new book and it is a must-have for all NWP fans.  Tons of crisp and clear photos, most I've never seen before.  Lots of interesting stories from railroad employees.  Lots of detailed information about the most-recent 50 years of operation!

I've got my reading to do and am looking forward to going through this great volume page by page.  I just wanted to share my enthusiasm for this new book so that others can enjoy it too.

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Posted on August 7, 2017 at 8:23am — 3 Comments

Too Many Railcars, Too Little Freight (WSJ 2016-12-02)



Too Many Railcars, Too Little Freight

Rail equipment sits idle as commodities slump, changes in energy market cut into demand…



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Posted on December 2, 2016 at 4:45pm — 1 Comment

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At 9:57am on February 9, 2017, Richard C. Brand said…

Hello Dave:

Karl is no longer an NWPRR.net member so hope you will return once again to add to the group.

Richard

At 11:34am on December 23, 2016, Jennifer said…

Hi Dave,  Thanks, and happy holidays/ merry x-mas to you and yours!  :-)

At 11:24pm on November 7, 2016, Richard C. Brand said…

Dave I like your comments to issues on the site.  I'm normally not a "friender" as I've never seen you but thanks for the invite.

At 10:08pm on January 1, 2011, Mark Drury said…
Glad you're finding the site useful, Dave! And, yes, the "x" does delete a comment, and I noticed your comment was gone when I clicked the link in the email letting me know you had left one, but figured I would comment back just in case (I was pretty sure you had found the SPINS but felt a comment couldn't hurt). Regarding the SPINS, all I have are the JPEG files which were uploaded to the network, but I could pretty easily turn those into individual PDFs for easier viewing (grouping them into one PDF may be a little more work).

And the search feature has been on the network from day one, but it could definitely be a little easier to find, as you point out. Hope you had a great New Year and thanks for your contributions to our network! Regards,

Mark D.
At 4:51pm on December 31, 2010, Mark Drury said…
Hello Dave,

The NWP SPINS album may be found here:

http://nwprr.net/photo/albums/nwp-spins

It is not a complete set but is very interesting, all the same. Have a great New Year! Regards,

Mark D.
At 9:16pm on December 23, 2010, Bob Burns said…

Dave,

      Well as anticipated the Wingo excursion got cancelled due to ....Flooding! So it will be rescheduled for the summer, possibly next spring if I get the time. Sonoma Creek is full and when the tide comes in it floods the upper end of Millerick Road. The gal where we were supposed to stay has friends that live in Wingo and she was going to make arriangments for us to go out there. Plus visit some of the Sonoma Land Company Camps, there were 8-10 I believe. Including the land on both sides of HWY 37 west of the Skaggs Island turnoff and Hwy 121, Skaggs Island itself were both Land Company Camps.  That was Tolay Creek that had the lift span at Sears Point in those photos I posted to the Forum. Hard to believe it was a navigable waterway at one time. Do you know anything about the Navy ship up the Napa River from Mare Island? Saw it once when flying from Sonoma into the Napa Airport. It was laying on it's side on the east bank of the river all rusted out, looked like it may have been a Destroyer Escort. Story I was told was it broke loose one night and floated upstream with the tide and grounded itself. Navy salvaged most of it then abandoned it. I don't know if the hulk is still there though.  Anyway I'll post on the forum when I might get back down there. If you email me direct you can use the email address i sent with the DVD.  Bob B.

At 9:09pm on December 16, 2010, Bob Burns said…

Dave,

       The NWP at onetime did go past 1st Street West and crossed  Hwy 12 above where  the Maxwell Farm area. It then went north to the Boyes Hot Springs area then further north to Santa Rosa through Kenwood? I get a little hazy there. There also was a line that went up the west side of the Valley  through El Verano and Glen Ellen. I know about the NWP crossing HWY 12 as one of the family stories was about my grandfather Anton Neuman not seeing the train while driving one night across the tracks and getting hit. The result of which was he was thrown from the car and ended up in Maxwells barbed wire fence. They say he spent sometime in hospital. Also the rail line at Schellville has a branch that goes west and crossed HWY 12 there as well. Was this the branch that went up the west side of the Valley? It had been removed by the time my memory kicked in, but always remember that woop dee doo going over the old grade crossing as they never leveled it out. Quite the thrill on the way to visit cousin Anton and his blacksmith shop! Even more fun in the 60's when I finally got to drive!

Bob B.

At 8:02pm on December 15, 2010, Bob Burns said…

Dave,

      Got the card, thanks! Didn't expect the money, you really didn't have to do that, but thanks! I mailed the DVD today so maybe by Sat it should be there? I also included a copy of a newspaper article done about  my cousin Anton, thought you might like to read it. The SV Historical Society got back to me with a positive on "they have quite a bit of info, re: the NWP and Schellville" They are located at the Depot Museum in Sonoma. I'm awaiting a followup email from them. I guess I didn't mention that back in 1959-early 60's the end of track for the NWP was just west of First Street West in Sonoma. They had a mechanic there that did minor maintenance, brake adjustments, etc, they also kept a tank car of fuel there for the locomotives. One day I rode my bike up there and asked him if I could "play on the engine", he said, "sure just don't move any levers or switches" I had free range on a set of old GPs. I was able to do that on several more occasions before we moved out to the counrty and it was too far to ride my bike into town.

         Ever got up to the Portola RR Museum? You can run a deisel Locomotive up there and it a "hands on place". You can climb through anything that isn't locked or in the shop. They do have a lot of stuff up there to play on! I think they reopen in Mar or APR. Google them for their website which gives you all the info.

In the note with the DVD I also included my hotmail email address if you'd like to get off the forum to exchange info. I use that email for contact and conducting business. 99.9 of any spam goes to the junk file there as opposed to my earthlink email which I ownly use sparingly. Maybe you do the same? It's good to have at least 2 email addresses to use, my thoughs anyway.

Hope you enjoy the DVD, thanks for the nice card and I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Bob B.

At 9:21pm on December 13, 2010, Bob Burns said…

Dave,

     Your copy is burned and waiting for you! I played it in my DVD player and it seems to play ok. The interviewer asked Anton how to open the bridge, the reply was something like, you move the lever one way or the other to get the pump going and pull the chain. I really have no idea though.

      Also do you have the VHS or DVD of "Rails to the Redwood Empire"? There is a short segment in it about an excursion train stopped at Schellville, possibly the sameone as in my still photos, I'd have to watch the DVD to see if it mentions dates though. There is a VERY brief moment that shows someone walking away from the camera, my older brother said it was Anton when he watched that video. As you watch this new DVD notice Anton's gate as he walks away from the camera, very distinctive, same gate as the guy in in the Redwood Empire Video.

He lived just to the left of where the train was stopped. First house, blacksmith shop on the east side of the tracks across from the Depot. He knew alot of the train crews and section hands. My first pocket knive a 3 blade Kabar had belonged to one of the engineers and Anton sold it to me of 2 cents, which being only 5 years old I had to "borrow" from his uncle, my grandfather. Still have the knife, it's right here in front of me!

     Anyway I'll get this DVD out to you ASAP after your address arrives.

Regards,

 

Bob B. 

At 8:08pm on December 13, 2010, Bob Burns said…

I'll get another copy burned for you so it will be waiting when your card arrives.

According to the weather forcast you probably could have just walked out side and thrown it up in the air and it would have arrived tomorrow morning, "they say" we are supposed to get 110 mph winds over the summit tonight. Not a breath of air moving now and 40 degrees! That actually isn't a very good sign as it always warms up before a big storm hits Hope it just rains  here!

 

Bob B.

 
 
 

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